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M.Ed. in Social Studies Education

Master of Education (M.Ed.)
Social Studies ProTeach

The ProTeach Social Studies M.Ed. program is a state-approved, nationally accredited (NCATE) initial teacher preparation program. An M.Ed. degree in Social Studies Education prepares students for Broad Fields Social Science Certification, grades 6-12, upon successful completion of the Florida Certification Examinations in this area. We do not offer single subject area certification.

Please see the M.Ed. application process for the School of Teaching & Learning.

Admission Criteria
General Requirements
Admission standards are set by the Graduate School of the University of Florida, the College of Education, the School of Teaching & Learning, and the program area to which you are applying. This web page provides you with the Graduate School, College of Education, and School of Teaching & Learning minimums. You need to carefully check your program area web page to see the specific admission requirements for that area.

  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 for all upper-division (the last 60 credits) undergraduate work
  • An acceptable score on the General Test of the Graduate Records Examination (GRE). We will consider applications from individuals who have acceptable scores on both the verbal and quantitative sections. We holistically evaluate all applications and the score on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE are considered data points of information about the applicant. This also allows applicants who are not strong standardized test takers to highlight their skills and abilities. We do not require applicants to take the written portion of the GRE.
  • Three letters of recommendation from university faculty
  • A statement of purpose explaining why this particular degree would enable you to meet your career goals.  This will be your writing sample, rather than the essay component of the GRE.  It is important that you present yourself well in this component of the application process.

An admissions review committee in your program area will evaluate applications holistically.  We carefully look at all of your data points before making an admissions decision.  Scores on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE are considered data points of information about the applicant.  We will consider applications from individuals who have acceptable scores on both the verbal and quantitative sections.
Again, please note that the requirements outlined here are the minimum requirements. You should should seek information about your specific program area for additional admission requirements for the Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree.

Social Science Prerequisites

No SPECIFIC Social Science prerequisite content courses are required for either admission or graduation. However, to enter the program and to be able to pass the certification exam, students must have either a bachelor’s degree in a social science related field, or significant course work in history, economics, US federal government, geography, sociology, and/or psychology. Students should be aware that if they do not take certain content courses, they will need to study on their own in order to pass the certification exam.

Recommended social science courses include:

AMH 2010: United States History to 1877
AMH 2020: US History Since 1877
EUH 2001: Western Civilization Middle Ages to 18th Century
EUH 2002: Western Civilization 18th Century to Present
AMH course elective
African, Latin American, or Asian history elective
POS 2041: American Federal Government
POS 2112: American, State, and Local Government or any other POS elective
ECO 2013: Principles of Macroeconomic or ECO 2023: Principles of Microeconomics
GEO/GEA elective(s) in cultural/human geography

Education Prerequisites

Students must complete TSL 4324: ESOL Strategies for Content Areas or TSL 5143: Secondary ESOL Teaching Strategies, and EDF 3135: The Adolescent, as prerequisites for certification.

The Secondary Education Minor is no longer required.

Students are strongly encouraged to take an undergraduate course in the History of Education and its philosophical and sociological foundations (e.g., EDF 3609).

ProTeach M.Ed. Course Requirements

Fall Semester

ESE 6345: Effective Teaching and Classroom Management (3 credits)
SSE 6133: Secondary Social Studies Methods and Assessment (3 credits)
SSE 5945C: Practicum in Social Studies Methods and Assessment (3 credits)
RED 5337: Reading in the Content Area (3 credits)
EME 5432: Integrating Technology into the Social Studies Classroom (3 credits)

Spring Semester

ESE 6945: Internship (9 credits)
ESE 6344: Classroom Practices and Assessment in Secondary Education (3 credits)
ESE 6939: Integrated Global Studies Methods for Social Studies (3 credits)

Summer A Semester

SSE 6046: Social Studies Perspectives (3 credits)
EDG 6931: Methods of Teaching Civics and Government (3 credits)

Important Information for Students Accepted Into the Social Studies ProTeach Program

  1. Fingerprint & Background Check Requirements
  2. Application for Secondary ProTeach Internships
  3. Steps for Florida Certification

Students are strongly encouraged to take the Broad Fields Social Science Grades 6-12 portion of the certification exams, as well as the General Knowledge portion of the certification exam, before starting the ProTeach program. Students must pass these exams no later than the end of the fall semester of the program. Students should take the Professional Knowledge portion of the certification exam during the spring semester of the program. Students must have passing scores on all 3 portions of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam on file with the College of Education Office of Student Services to be cleared for graduation.

 
Program Area Contact Graduate Coordinator
Dr. Elizabeth Anne Washington Dr. Sevan Terzian
Professor Associate Director of Graduate Studies
Secondary Social Studies Coordinator Associate Professor and
Graduate Coordinator
2424 Norman Hall 2403-B Norman Hall
University of Florida University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-7048 Gainesville, FL 32611-7048
352-273-4236 352-273-4216
fax: 352-392-9193 fax: 352-392-9193
ewashington@coe.ufl.edu sterzian@coe.ufl.edu


MAE in Social Studies Education

Master of Arts in Social Studies Education (MAE)

This Master of Arts in Social Studies Education allows experienced Social Studies educators to deepen their understanding in specific areas. Students are required to have a minimum of 36 hours for this degree.

Admission Criteria

  1. Earned bachelors degree in a social science field
  2. Experience in the social studies field
  3. Acceptable scores on the verbal/quantitative portions of the General GRE.
  4. Upper division undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  5. Statement of purpose describing why you want this degree and how obtaining this degree can help you meet personal and career goals
  6. Three letters of recommendation from college/university faculty members. To use the letter of recommendation form, please click here.

Required Coursework

  1. Social Studies Education Courses (15 hours)
  2. Curriculum/Instruction Courses and Other Electives (15 hours)
  3. Masters Thesis or Project in Lieu of Thesis (6 hours)
Program Area Contact Graduate Coordinator
Dr. Elizabeth Anne Washington Dr. Sevan Terzian
Professor Associate Director of Graduate Studies
Secondary Social Studies Coordinator Associate Professor and
Graduate Coordinator
2424 Norman Hall 2403-B Norman Hall
University of Florida University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-7048 Gainesville, FL 32611-7048
352-273-4236 352-273-4216
fax: 352-392-9193 fax: 352-392-9193
ewashington@coe.ufl.edu sterzian@coe.ufl.edu

Specialist (Ed.S.) in Social Studies Education

The Educational Specialist degree is an advanced degree for students who already hold a master’s degree.  Pleas see the Specialist section of the School of Teaching & Learning website to learn more general information about Specialist degrees.

Admission Criteria

  1. Earned masters degree in a social science field
  2. Acceptable scores on the verbal/quantitative portions of the General GRE.
  3. Upper division undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  4. Statement of purpose describing why you want this degree and how obtaining this degree can help you meet personal and career goals
  5. Three letters of reference from college/university faculty members. To use the letter of recommendation form, please click here.
  6. Two or three years of relevant work experience, preferably in classroom teaching or a school setting.
  7. Strong content background.

Minimum Coursework Requirements

Students must complete 36 hours of graduate coursework beyond the master’s degree, for a total of 72 hours of graduate coursework beyond the bachelor’s degree.  Specialist students must take coursework in the following areas:

  • Area of Specialization: 15 hours of graduate coursework in Social Studies Education
  • Curriculum/Foundations: 12 hours of graduate coursework in curriculum or foundations, including areas such as teacher education, technology, media/literacy, or social/historical foundations
  • Research Methods: 3 credits in research methods courses such as EDF 6403 or EDF 6475
  • Supervised Research: 6 hours of EDG 6910, Supervised Research
  • Written examination/project and an oral defense of the examination/project

Enrollment Requirements

The specialist degree can be completed part-time or full-time. Students must register for at least 6 credit hours during each semester of specialist work.

Program Area Contact Graduate Coordinator
Dr. Elizabeth Anne Washington Dr. Sevan Terzian
Professor Associate Director of Graduate Studies
Secondary Social Studies Coordinator Associate Professor and
Graduate Coordinator
2424 Norman Hall 2403-B Norman Hall
University of Florida University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-7048 Gainesville, FL 32611-7048
352-273-4236 352-273-4216
fax: 352-392-9193 fax: 352-392-9193
ewashington@coe.ufl.edu sterzian@coe.ufl.edu

Ph.D./Ed.D. in Social Studies Education

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Social Studies Education

Please see the Ph.D. and Ed.D. sections of the School of Teaching & Learning website to learn more about these degrees.

Admission Criteria

  1. Earned masters and/or specialist degree in Social Studies Education or related field.
  2. Acceptable scores on the verbal/quantitative portions of the General GRE.
  3. Upper division undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  4. Statement of purpose describing why you want this degree and how obtaining this degree can help you meet personal and career goals. In your statement of purpose, it is also important for you to discuss what you will bring to the College of Education, the field of social studies education, and the influence you want to have on the field of social studies education.
  5. Three letters of reference from college/university faculty members. To use the letter of recommendation form, please click here.
  6. Two or three years of relevant work experience, preferably in classroom teaching or a school setting.
  7. Strong content background (equivalent of a masters degree in a social science content area).
  8. Current resume
  9. Application for Assistantship/Fellowship. Please click here to access the application.

Minimum Coursework Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 90 hours of graduate coursework beyond the bachelor’s degree. Please bear in mind that your advisor and doctoral committee members could require more than the minimum. Doctoral students must take coursework in the following areas:

  • Area of Specialization: 21 hours of graduate coursework in Social Studies Education
  • Minor or Specialization: 15 hours of graduate coursework in areas such as teacher education, foundations, technology, or media literacy
  • Foundations: 3 hours of graduate coursework in social or historical foundations
  • Doctoral Seminars: 15 hours of doctoral seminars in the School of Teaching & Learning
  • Research Methods: 12 hours of educational research coursework in one of three tracks: qualitative, quantitative, or combined qualitative/quantitative. Make sure to consult the College of Education approved list of doctoral courses.
  • Doctoral Research: 12-24 hours of supervised dissertation research
  • Qualifying exams (written and oral)
  • Dissertation proposal and defense

Residency Requirements

The minimum enrollment for a full-time student on assistantship is 9 credit hours.  The minimum for a full time student on a fellowship, or for a student not on an assistantship, is 12 credit hours.

 
Program Area Contact Graduate Coordinator
Dr. Elizabeth Anne Washington Dr. Sevan Terzian
Professor Associate Director of Graduate Studies
Secondary Social Studies Coordinator Associate Professor and
Graduate Coordinator
2424 Norman Hall 2403-B Norman Hall
University of Florida University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-7048 Gainesville, FL 32611-7048
352-273-4236 352-273-4216
fax: 352-392-9193 fax: 352-392-9193
ewashington@coe.ufl.edu sterzian@coe.ufl.edu